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Enduring loneliness: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 15 &16 Reflections

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Enduring Loneliness 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Days 15 and 16 Reflections Obedience in the modern culture, and enduring loneliness. Dan and Melissa discuss these forms of suffering from the perspective of St. Teresa as they reflect on her letters from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Categories of suffering – beneficial vs. destructive. How is obedience... Read More

Spiritual Direction Is NOT a Boss-Employee Relationship

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The director/directee relationship is not analogous to a boss/employee relationship. This is an area where the language of spiritual direction can be a bit confusing in our culture. In normal usage of terms, the “Director” tells the one who is directed what to do. Implied is an authority that has punitive power – the power to punish or withhold rewards in the case of disobedience.... Read More

What if I disagree with my spiritual director about my root sin?

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What do you do when you are pretty sure your root sin is pride (based on self-reflection, common sins in confession, etc…) but your spiritual director doesn’t think it is true. Mine keeps telling me I am not proud — but we end up in this weird argument where I assert that I am and he says that my reply is what a humble person would say. And how much does it matter if he agrees with... Read More

Docility in spiritual direction: why following director’s advice is good

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I have a bit of my own foolishness to share with you today. In my book on spiritual direction (scheduled to go to print late next year through Emmaus Road Publishing) I offer the following advice regarding docility to our spiritual directors: Authentic docility is an essential ingredient in any successful spiritual direction relationship.  What is docility?  Docility is a humble readiness to follow... Read More

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